Trekking

Alpine Club of Himalaya
Everest Base Camp Trek - 13 days

  • Everest Base Camp Trek13 days / 12 Nights
  • Everest Base Camp TrekMax. group: 10 persons
  • Everest Base Camp TrekDifficulty: Medium

Overview

Itinerary

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Accommodation

Safety

Training

Packing List

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> Incredible sunrise view on the Everest
> Beautiful trek along the “Milk River” and its clear blue water
> Suitable for first time trekkers
> Leisurely paced

Join us for a once in a lifetime experience! Our guides and porters will assist you to make this amazing trek safe, happy and as informative as you want. Follow the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, while you get as close as possible to Mount Everest.

The scenery along this trail is stunning, with many towering mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many others. Himalayan people, their culture and tradition will amaze you during these 12 beautiful days in which you will pass fascinating Sherpa villages and Tibetan monasteries.
The Trek to Everest Base Camp (5340m) will be a memory that you will cherish for the lifetime. There can be no trek as rewarding as one to the Everest viewpoint, Kala Patthar (5545m) since the world’s highest peak is barely 10km/6 miles from there. The trek in itself is not particularly strenuous as this leisurely trek is designed keeping in mind the slower pace of first time trekkers. The Everest Base Camp is usually a two week trek that starts and ends at Lukla Airport (30 minutes flight from Kathmandu International Airport). There is more to the EBC trek than just Mount Everest. While on this exciting trip, we will pass through several tiny Sherpa villages and through remote valleys, see monasteries, roaring rivers, frozen pools of melt water, glaciers and astonishing views of dazzling peaks all on the way before we finally meet up with Everest.

This itinerary is designed best to cater for those who have little to no previous experience at high altitudes over 3400m and are not used to hiking 9-10 hours in a day. This allows us a slow and steady trek with the required amount of acclimatization. We also get to see great valleys and experience Sherpa culture. Let’s go!

What’s the plan?

Day 01 – Flight Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding – 4 hours

We catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu International Airport to Lukla Airport and then begin to trek to Phakding. Descending above farmlands, we pass through the Sherpa villages of Chheplung, Ghat and Sano and Thulo Gumela and shrines and monasteries of Drangdrak Gompa and Pema Choling Gompa with breathtaking views of sacred mountain Kumbila and sister summits Kusum Kanguru peaks.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 02 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6 hours

Heading for the Namche Bazar, we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely take more time due to a steep climb at the end. Passing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped trails leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge, the Dudhkoshi is met by another river, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach the altitude of Namche from where we can have a first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally we reach Namche Bazar.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 03 – Acclimatisation in Namche

We have an acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. To help our body better adapt to the high altitude, we can take short hikes orhave a look in the villages, houses, terraced fields and snowy mountains of Kwangde, Khumbu peak, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru and enjoy the villages big weekly event, the Saturday market to have fun mingling with the crowds and seeing men and women in traditional attire.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Trek to Pangboche (3860m) – 5 hours

The trail between Phortse and Pangboche is not a main trail and so is quite narrow in spots with literally a 300-400m sheer drop to the Imja Khola below. Pangboche is a large village having a population of 600 and is the last major settlement inhabited all year round. Pangboche consists actually of two villages together. There is upper and lower Pangboche. Lodges are mostly in lower Pangboche with its riverside stone walled agricultural fields. The oldest monastery of Khumbu region, the Riwa Gompa is located at upper Pangboche. Most trekkers pass through lower Pangboche on the way up and visit upper Pangboche while returning from Kala Patthar.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Dingboche (4350m)

Following the Imja Khola the trail ascends to the village of Shomare and crossing the treeline beyond this village we are hiking a rolling arid stretch, an alpine terrain with patches of scrub and isolated pastures and fields and some yak grazing. Crossing through the yak pasture and herdsmen stone huts at Orsho and Tsuro Wog, we turn right where the trail descends to a point near the confluence of Imja Khola and Khumbu Khola. Finally, climbing a low ridge, we reach the sprawling settlement of Dingboche which is a cold and windy place with sub-zero night temperatures even in summer.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 06 – Acclimatization Dingboche

We have another acclimatization day in Dingboche. Today we hike to the Chukhung valley making our way up the Imja Khola valley to a land riven by glacial moraines amidst towering formidable mountains and climb Chukhung Ri, a rocky hill behind the village. Then we return to Dingboche for the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07 – Trek to Lobuche (4950m) – 5 hours

On the trail to Lobuche, we truly find ourselves in the lap of Himalayas with awesome mountains on every side. Passing by a place called Dusa where we see some herdsmen’s uninhabited stone huts, we reach Dughla and then to Chupki Lhara where we see large heaps of stones with prayer flags remembering the mountaineers who perished on mission try to climb Mt.Everest. At the top of the valley is the Chola Lake from where we get a glimpse of blue waters from high trails. From Chupki Lhara, the trail drops to the Khumbu glacier moraine after which we see three great peaks-Khumbutse, Lingtren and Pumori straight in front. Now, walking the final steps along a murmuring stream, we reach Lobuche.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 – Gorakshep (5207m) and Everest Base Camp (5350m) – 7 hours

This day will be a long hard one for us. Walking by a somewhat grassy terrain and a few scattered boulders, all along we see the snowy wall of lofty mountains ahead. The 60m ascent takes us to the top of the lateral moraine wall of the Changri glacier, to a level spot called Thangma Riju from where there is a spectacular 360 degree panorama of the mountains all around-Taboche and the Lobuche peaks, Pumori and the rest of Mahalangur Himal peaks, with Changtse in Tibet now more visible; and Nuptse filling the eastern horizon.The trail now crosses the moraine of the Changri glacier which joins the Khumbu glacier from the west and climbing steeply up a stony slope we reach Gorak Shep from where we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar. From Gorak Shep we move towards EBC, to be amidst of mountains, not to see them from afar as EBC is not a viewpoint. Trekking along the shallow blue waters of Gorak Shep lake, the Changtse peak in Tibet and the Lho La depression can be seen straight ahead of us. Crossing through several of the glaciers, icefalls, frozen pools of melt water, exposed icy walls and large boulders we finally reach EBC from where trekking ends and mountaineering begins. We descend back to Gorak Shep for the night stay.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 – Gorakshep – Kala Patthar (5643m) – Pheriche (4250m) – 7 hours

Finally, we have our date with Everest, the climax of the trek. We start after an early breakfast without hurry. Crossing through the wide sandy bed of the dried up lake and steep zigzags we ascend about 100m to have the great view of Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse. As the climb begins again, we get a grand view of Khumbu glacier and Nuptse massif and finally we climb to the rocky viewpoint of Kala Patthar. It’s a slow tough climb but every meter ascended is rewarded by a bit more of Everest and finally we find ourselves sitting on the Kala Patthar rocks in middle of unbelievable Himalayan Panorama. Now we return downhill which takes much less time. Retracing the way we came up, we pass through Gorak Shep, Lobuche and from Dughla, instead of moving towards Dingboche we descend to Pheriche making our way along Khumbu Khola, for our stay for the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 – Trek back to Tengboche (3870m)

From Pheriche the trail descends to Tsuro Wog after crossing the bridge across Khumbu Khola and enjoying great mountain views. From Tsuro Wog we again start descending, retracing the way we came up proceeding through Orsho, Shomare and upper Pangboche and finally to the most beautiful place of Tengboche. The Tengboche monastery is Khumbu’s largest gompa.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 – Trek to Namche Bazaar

From Tengboche we move towards Phunki Tenga and now descend to Sanasa and Kyangjuma and then finally to Namche Bazar

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 – Trek to Lukla

Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla retracing the way we came up. Enjoy the descent.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 – Flight Lukla – Kathmandu

Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and drop to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join the optional FAREWELL party reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Staying at the hotel for the night is also optional.

Food: Breakfast

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company will be able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport of Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

Return flights Kathmandu – Lukla
The trekking begins and ends with an exciting flight. The cost of flights to and from Lukla is included in the price and will be booked by your trekking company.

√ Staying in Lodge or Teahouse during the trek
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√ Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Alpine Club of Himalaya kitbag and t-shirt
We provide you with a Alpine Club of Himalaya branded kitbag and a t-shirt. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√ Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Click here for a complete training schedule to prepare you for your adventure.

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card
in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max
8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication – Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics – Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Alpine Club of Himalaya

Alpine Club of Himalaya is a trekking and tour company run by a group of enthusiastic tourism professionals. For over two decades, we have been helping travelers from around the globe make their dreams come true at the foothills or at the peaks of The Himalayas, Nepal.

Whether you wish to scale the world’s greatest mountain ranges at 7,000m, 8,000m, or below 7,000m, or you wish to start with less demanding base camp treks such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Langtang Region Trek, or treks in many other regions, our experienced trekking and climbing guides are ever ready to help you reach your goal.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way to Everest Base Camp you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required visiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in healthcare, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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Everest Base Camp Trek (13 days) – Alpine Club of Himalaya

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The trek to the Everest Base Camp on 5340m will be a memory that you will cherish for your whole lifetime. There can be no trek as rewarding as the one to the Everest viewpoint, Kala Patthar. The world’s highest peak is only a stone’s throw away from there.

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